The US was aware that “a Nigerian” in Yemen was being prepared for a terrorist attack – weeks before an attempted bombing on a US plane. ABC News and the New York Times say there was intelligence to this effect, but its source is unclear. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab flew from Lagos to Amsterdam before changing planes for a flight to Detroit on which he allegedly tried to detonate a bomb. [Gee, one would think after 3000 people died on September 11, 2001 the government would have one hell of a system in place to make sure the citizens of this country were safe from having some nutjob muslim boarding an airplane after paying cash for a one way ticket from Nigeria to Detroit without any checked luggage. My seven year old poodle could have seen the red flags and heard the alarm bells go off on this situation…ed]
The Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner had his suicide mission personally blessed in Yemen by Anwar al-Awlaki, the same Muslim imam suspected of radicalizing the Fort Hood shooting suspect, a U.S. intelligence source has told The Washington Times. The intelligence official, who is familiar with the FBI’s interrogation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, said the bombing suspect has boasted of his jihad training during interrogation by the FBI and has said it included final exhortations by Mr. al-Awlaki. “It was Awlaki who indoctrinated him,” the official said. “He was told, ‘You are going to be the tip of the spear of the Muslim nation.'” [Perhaps it’ time to drop the political correctness and understand Islam is at war with this country and “the muslim nation” will stop at nothing in “its” quest to kill thousands more innocent Americans…ed]
A man tried to board a commercial airliner in Mogadishu last month carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that could have caused an explosion in a case bearing chilling similarities to the terrorist plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Somali man — whose name has not yet been released — was arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops before the Nov. 13 Daallo Airlines flight took off. It had been scheduled to travel from Mogadishu to the northern Somali city of Hargeisa, then to Djibouti and Dubai. A Somali police spokesman, Abdulahi Hassan Barise, said the suspect is in Somali custody. [They fly commercial airliners in Somalia? Who knew? I wonder what is more dangerous, the guys flying the planes of the crazy bastards trying to blow them up mid flight?…ed]
While a terrorist was plotting to kill Americans over the Christmas holidays, what was the Federal Aviation Administration doing? Why, spending $5 million on a three-week-long Christmas party, of course. A series of seminars in Atlanta officially were aimed at training managers on a new air-traffic-controller contract but degenerated into one big bash. According to ABC News, the seminars didn’t even cover half of the 100 new provisions in a contract that went into effect two months ago. Participants apparently also were too busy partying on the taxpayer dime to learn much. Whistleblowers told ABC tales of rampant drunken debauchery, including one attendee propositioning an undercover reporter for her services as a prostitute. [What taxpaying citizens call a drunken party the government calls extensive training. I’d like to know where I can sign up for one of these gubmint jobs and get MY groove on…ed]
Five days after the Christmas Day bomber tried to blow up NWA Flight 253 over Detroit, President Obama is still on vacation in Hawaii. He has delivered two hasty, tie-less statements on homeland security from a makeshift podium in Honolulu whose underwhelming sum impact has been the equivalent of voting “present” (Obama’s career m.o.) By his own admission and in direct contradiction to his hapless DHS Secretary, the president acknowledged yesterday that “systemic failure” led to the breach. Obama is not scheduled to return to Washington until Sunday. That’s four more full days of reinforcing his image as detached, aloof, and too damned tired to tackle the jihadi epidemic with the once-hyped energy and passion of a 48-year-old Super-Agent of Hope and Change. [Michelle Obama: Hey homie, the next time we go on one of our over the top expensive vacations on the taxpayer’s dime I want you to order the TSA to ground all commercial airline flights so we don’t get bothered. You hearin’ me Barack? I ain’t got time for this kinda mess!…ed]
Barack Obama could get you killed. That’s the reluctant conclusion more and more Americans are contemplating in the wake of the bizarre handling of the Northwest 253 attempted bombing. “Feckless” is one of the kinder terms one could use to describe the Keystone Kops approach of the Obama team to the War on Terror. Janet Napolitano’s reassurances to the public that “everything went according to clockwork” were so wacky as to be alarming. Obama’s first interruption of his golf game to speak to the American people was so detached as to create the impression that the many simply is not taking seriously his responsibility to protect and defend the American people and their Constitution. His second interruption of his golf game was slightly less detached, but featured disembodied language (“a systematic failure has occurred”) with no actual people failing. The buck never even gets close to this president, though Janet Napolitano may soon be hearing a bus motor revving up, and the wheels approaching. [The AmericanThinker.com post of the day…ed]
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I was walking through a deserted downtown on Christmas Eve with a friend, past the lonely, gray Treasury Building, past the snowy White House with no president inside. “I hope the terrorists don’t think this is a good time to attack,” I said, looking protectively at the White House, which always looks smaller and more vulnerable and beautiful than you expect, no matter how often you see it up close. I thought our guard might be down because of the holiday; now I realize our guard is down every day. [After reading this one it looks as though the wretched Mo Dowd has had her Obama emblazoned kneepads disintegrate on her. Fun stuff to read indeed! For once…ed]
Russia needs more weapons to punch through America’s new missile defence shield, Vladimir Putin said yesterday in blunt remarks that will complicate efforts to cut the nuclear arsenals of the former Cold War rivals. The Russian Prime Minister, reasserting himself as the country’s real ruler, said that Moscow should press ahead with a new generation of weapons to stop the Americans doing “whatever they want”. “To preserve the balance we must develop offensive weapons systems, not missile defence systems as the United States is doing,” he said during a visit to the naval port of Vladivostok on the Pacific coast. [Oh phooey on you Putin. You have the best weapon against the American people in place right now in Barack Hussein Obama. What else do you really think you need?…ed]
President Obama created by executive order Tuesday a National Declassification Center to oversee efforts to make once-secret government documents public. The order comes as part of Obama’s promise to push government to err on the side of disclosure as it tackles the need to keep certain information from the public. In a post on the White House blog, William H. Leary, the senior director of records and access management at the National Security Council, writes that the effort is aimed at shifting the burden of defending secrecy to the government. “While the Government must be able to prevent the public disclosure of information that would compromise the national security, a democratic government accountable to the people must be as transparent as possible and must not withhold information for self-serving reasons or simply to avoid embarrassment,” Leary wrote. [Terrific, but let’s START with Obama’s REAL long form birth certificate and ALL of his school and medical records…ed]
Most Americans would rather be neighbors with President Obama’s family than any other celebrity, according to an online survey. “Personally, I’d go for some hot babe, for sure,” says Bill Grimshaw, the guy who actually does live next door to the Obamas’ Chicago mansion. “But the prestige of living next to the president is wonderful. And the main thing is the security. I don’t lock my doors any more.” The Obamas topped the third-annual Zillow.com Celebrity Neighbor Survey with 14 percent of the vote, according to the real estate Web site’s survey of 2,000 U.S. adults. [Obama’s poll numbers are dropping like a boulder rolled off a cliff which tells me most THINKING Americans not only don’t want him stinking up our White House anymore but probably wouldn’t want to have anything to do with him as a neighbor either. Case in point, note the guy in this article who is selling his house next door to the Obama’s hasn’t had much interest in the property…ed]
America still has a race problem, though not the one that conventional wisdom would suggest: the racism of whites toward blacks. Old fashioned white racism has lost its legitimacy in the world and become an almost universal disgrace. The essence of our new “post-modern” race problem can be seen in the parable of the emperor’s new clothes. The emperor was told by his swindling tailors that people who could not see his new clothes were stupid and incompetent. So when his new clothes arrived and he could not see them, he put them on anyway so that no one would think him stupid and incompetent. And when he appeared before his people in these new clothes, they too—not wanting to appear stupid and incompetent—exclaimed the beauty of his wardrobe. It was finally a mere child who said, “The emperor has no clothes.” [This article will confuse Obama worshipers. The rest of us will instantly recognize that Steele has hit the nail on the head with a five pound sledge…ed]
France’s constitutional court rejected a proposed tax on carbon emissions, saying a web of exemptions violated the principal of equality and rendered efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions ineffective. The government said it will make new proposals on Jan. 20. The tax, which would have started on Jan. 1, was set at 17 euros ($24.38) per ton of carbon-dioxide emissions, President Nicolas Sarkozy said in September. To make the tax more palatable, he partially or fully exempted power plants, public transport, airlines, farming and fishing, as well as 1,018 older cement, steel and glass factories. In all, 93 percent of all industrial carbon emissions in France would have avoided paying the full tax, the constitutional court said in a decision published on its Web site. The tax would have fallen disproportionately on fuel for heating and cars, it said. [This huge economic impact of this global warming hoax is starting to dawn on more and more countries who’s political leaders have tried to deceive their citizens into paying these taxes in order to make a very few people extremely wealthy while sending a mere pittance to so called developing nations. Carbon dioxide is freakin’ plant food people!…ed]
Americans went on binges buying guns and ammunition in early 2009, worried that a radical leftist president and Democrat-dominated Congress would violate their Second-Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. The effects? Less murder, robbery, rape, and property crime, according to an FBI report released Monday. This gives the young president and Democrat Congress at least one proud but unintended accomplishment for which they’ll never claim credit. Indeed, gun buyers were out in droves in late 2008 and early 2009. While it’s easy to infer that increased gun ownership figures align precisely with the drop in crime in the same calendar period, you won’t see that headline in the New York Times, despite their penchant for such inferences about increases in crime coinciding with increasing “guns on the street.” [Barack Hussein Obama: Firearms Salesman of The Year For 2009. Don’t forget the ammo folks because they will be coming after that just as soon as they can. Stock up accordingly…ed]
Believers would call it a Christmas miracle: A mother dies in labor on Christmas Eve. Her child is stillborn. Then, minutes later, both of them come miraculously back to life. All this happened last Thursday night in a Colorado hospital, according to the Associated Press. Tracy Hermanstorfer had stopped breathing during labor at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. “She had no signs of life. No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn’t breathing,” Dr. Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at the hospital, told the AP. [Merry Christmas mom and son!…ed]
Authorities say a man in Southern California riding a Christmas tree being dragged behind a sport utility vehicle slammed into a parked car and was hospitalised with head injuries. Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino says the 18-year-old and another teenager were Christmas tree “surfing”, a seasonal internet fad. Capt Greg McKeown says the SUV was going about 40km/h on Sunday night when the female driver took a corner and the tree veered wide and crashed. Amormino says the driver fled. Two SUV passengers and the other tree surfer told deputies they didn’t know the girl. [Looks like a bunch of Obama supporters proving the adage, stupid is as stupid does…ed]
A man who tried to sell an engagement ring through Craigslist ended up getting sprayed with Mace and robbed by his supposed buyer — a Mafia associate who helped pull off a daring armored-car heist in the ’80s, authorities said. Gerald DeGerolamo, 65, responded to the ad for an engagement ring posted by David Cushman and the two agreed to meet Dec. 26 in front of 125 Christopher St., law-enforcement sources said. Once Cushman took out the ring, DeGerolamo sprayed him in the face with Mace, grabbed the ring and ran. (SNIP) DeGerolamo, who has a long federal rap sheet, is an associate of the Luchese crime family, FBI sources told The Post. [Evidently Obama’s disastrous economic policies have brought tough times even for old fart mafia types…ed]
Pinellas sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman that they said was so drunk they had to send her to the hospital instead of jail. The incident took place on Nov. 23, but driver Candace Rhul Spathelf wasn’t arrested on a charge of felony driving under the influence until Tuesday. (SNIP) According to the Sheriff’s Office, a blood sample taken at the hospital revealed that Spathelf had a blood-alcohol level as high as 0.404 at the time of the incident. [She makes the honor roll…ed]
Quote of the day.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.
-Barack Hussein Obama, Aug. 28, 2006. [Seems we’ve lost then….ed]